2005-10-21

Date: 
Friday, October 21, 2005

Articles in this issue

A Well in Togo

I spent two weeks this past summer in Togo, a country that most Americans (this one included) would have to look up in an atlas before they could be sure where it...

Religion Booknotes

Universal Father A Life of John Paul II Gary O’Connor Bloomsbury, $24.95, 448 pp....

You Can Look It Up

"So, does the Catholic Church think that capitalism is a good idea or not?” It’s a question law students often raise in my course on Catholic social thought (CST)...

1945

Many Europeans did not feel the full fury of the Second World War until its final year: Italians caught in the bitter partisan battles in the north, French men...

Auden and Christianity

W.H. Auden’s currency as a popular poet returned briefly after September 11, 2001, when “September 1939” found its way into many commentaries...

Border Lines

The fascination of counterfactual narrative-writing that deals in alternative historical outcomes-lies in its challenge to our lazy fatalism, our tendency to...

The Tycoons

"You know,” a fellow graduate student in history whispered to me in 1989, “the D. stands for DuPont.” The remark came as we prepared for our...

Opus Dei

The morning I sat down to write this review the weekly magazine of our daily newspaper plopped through the letter box. It contained an article on Ruth Kelly....

A History of Violence

Just my luck. I’m trying to come to grips with the most unsettling American film produced in several years, while circumstances dictate a deadline that...

This Writer's Life

"I can’t live without it." Tobias Wolff was talking to me about irony. He paused, his eyes scanning the book-lined walls of his Stanford University...

Dialogue Not Monologue

How is Benedict XVI, long a defender of orthodoxy and famous critic of the “dictatorship of relativism,” likely to approach interreligious dialogue...